Warriors Outlast Men's Basketball, 77-70, in Little East Opener

2018-19 RIC Men's Basketball Team Photo

Providence, R.I.—Freshman guard Deyshawn Tengbeh (East Providence, RI) tallied 22 points, seven rebounds and six steals as the Rhode Island College men's basketball team fell to Eastern Connecticut, 77-70, in a Little East Conference contest played at the Murray Center on Wednesday evening.

THE BASICS
Eastern Connecticut 77, Rhode Island College 70
Rhode Island College (6-2, 0-1 LEC)
Eastern Connecticut (4-1, 1-0 LEC) 

HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC sophomore guard Adham Floyd (Worcester, MA) notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

• Senior forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) also scored in double figures with 10 points and nine rebounds, while junior forward Benjamin Vezele (Providence, RI) notched seven points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks in the setback.

• Eastern Connecticut junior guard Jake Collagan (Wethersfield, CT) tallied a game-high 25 points to go along with two rebounds and two steals.

• Junior guard Carlos Gonzalez (Springfield, MA) contributed 20 points, eight assists and four boards in the win for the Warriors.

• RIC jumped out to the, 10-4, advantage after a three-pointer from Tengbeh with 16:23 left in the first half. Eastern Connecticut then used a 14-0 run, capped by a pair of free throws from senior forward Leonel Hyatt (Greenwich, CT), to take a 18-10 lead with 10:54 remaining in the half.

• The visiting Warriors led by as many as 11 points several times late in the stanza before taking a 36-32 advantage heading into the locker room at halftime.

• RIC opened the second half on an 11-5 run and regained the lead, 43-41, on a three-pointer from Floyd with 14:09 remaining.

• With the game tied at, 45-45, ECSU went on a 9-2 run, capped by a three-pointer from Collagen, to take a 54-47 advantage with just over 10 minutes left in regulation.

• Once again, RIC responded and took a one point, 58-57, lead on a pair of free throws from Floyd with 5:08 on the clock.

• The two teams then traded baskets and the score was tied, 62-62, with just under four minutes remaining.

• ECSU would control the action down the stretch, using a 10-2 run to take a 72-64 lead with just under a minute left.

• The Warriors went 5-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the league opener.

BY THE NUMBERS
• ECSU shot 36.1 percent (26-of-72) from the field, 23.3 percent (7-of-30) from the three-point line and 72.0 percent (18-of-25) from the free throw line 

• RIC shot 35.9 percent (23-of-64) from the field, 24.2 percent (8-of-33) from the three-point line and 72.7 percent (16-of-22) from the free throw line.

• RIC outrebounded ECSU by a 51-44 margin, while the Anchormen committed 21 turnovers in the setback.

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East play at home against Western Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 1 (3 p.m.).